September 16, 2010

Cinderella's Crown.

Some of you might recall my Cinderella Plant. That beautiful green ivy like stalk, full of thick leaves, growing out of a glass vase-like pot, which with a little imagination resembles a glass slipper.

The intriguing plant was given to me by my neighbors a few years back, and the little note accompanying it stated that "...if watered sparingly, it will bloom with a lovely pink flower..."
I watered it sparingly, but the plant never flowered for me.

Not until very recently. A few weeks back, I was amazed to suddenly find an interesting flower at the tip of the plant. The petals were closed and it looked like it was made of dark pink candy.
Within a few days the flower opened to offer the most beautiful display of shape and colour. Looking almost not alive, as if created of silk and colourful beads and sewn onto the green stalk, it was not just stunning in vision but in scent too, resembling a fragrance of sugar candy.

Cinderella finally became adorned with a crown; just like in the famous fairytale. I guess good things do comes to those who wait.

40 comments:

gaelikaa said...

Fantastic post Zuzana. My, what a lovely blossom. The name is quite enchanting too. When we exercise patience, the rewards are amazing...

Brian Miller said...

wow. how beautiful...there is a great metaphor for life in there as well..much like cinderella...what a neat plant though...

Snowbrush said...

That's beautiful. I have quite a few houseplants because they make it a little easier to endure winter. I'm really thinking about composting my rubber tree though. It's not looking that great where it is, but I don't have another place for it. I feel so guilty though...

Hilary said...

Oh that's a beauty! My neighbour has one in white. In my early blogging days, I posted a photo of it because they had no idea what it was called and I'd never seen anything like it before. Theirs is a fuller, hanging plant, and at this time of year it was full of these white, glassy blossoms. Someone came through and said it was a Hoya Bella. Yours is just gorgeous. I had no idea they also bloom in pink.

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Betsy said...

Isn't that amazing! It really doesn't look real, does it...so unique and beautiful!

Kat_RN said...

How lovely, I have never seen one before. I have an angel wing begonia that refuses to bloom. We have had it for about 16 years and it has bloomed maybe 3 times. Still you keep hoping and once in a while you are rewarded. Thanks for sharing yours.
Kat

'Tsuki said...

What a intriguing plant indeed... It has beautiful flowers, though...

Jacki said...

What a beautiful and interesting plant! I am going to write that name down and see if I can find one. I am thinking that my house needs some color, and this would be perfect.

Susan Deborah said...

What lovely blossoms! All the wonderful treasures of the world seem to be tucked in your place! You are chosen by nature, I assume.

Lots of love and beautiful sights to you dear Zuzana!

Joy always,
Susan

steviewren said...

How pretty! It looks just like decorations for a cake or perhaps like tiny velvet flowers for a lady's old-fashioned hat.

Teri said...

I've never seen such a plant before. It's beautiful!

Teri
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Keera Ann Fox said...

What beautiful flowers that plant has! And what fun to see it finally bloom for you!

Frank Baron said...

Every fisherman (and probably gardener too) would nod at your last sentence. Patience often wins the day. I'm glad yours was so beautifully rewarded.

Zuzu said...

This is amazing! I have never seen this plant before - so beautiful!
Thank you for brightening up my morning, sweet Zuzana!
Hugs,
Zuzu

Holly said...

What a fascinating plant,...and what an unusual flower. It almost looks like it is not real. How appropriate that your neighbor would give you a "cinderella" plant. :):) Have a lovely day my freind.

Kath said...

How delightful, the flowers look like velvet and the green ruffled stem is just so pretty.

Claus said...

I remember this plant! so nice it bloomed. and guess what? I have that plant at home!! The leaves are not like those of yours, but the flower is the exact same!! We know them as "wax" flower, because it does look like wax when they are about to open into that velvet pink. Hoya Carnosa is the Latin name of the one I have, from the Apocynaceae family. Maybe yours and mine are related? Mine are blooming at home right now. They're special, as my great-uncle Victor game them to my mom. The only legacy left from him. We often call it "uncle Victor's flower", instead of the sometimes complicated scientific name :-)
have a great day!!

ladyfi said...

Wow - that flower is pure magic!

maja miusow said...

its lovely! what a pitty Im not good at all with plants;/

Laura said...

Zuzana this is absolutely beautiful...thank you so much for sharing this exquisite cinderella flower with us.

sprinkles said...

What a beautiful plant! I've never seen one like that before. Those flowers look kind of velvety.

Are the leaves themselves or the whole plant itself looks like glass slippers? I can kind of see it in the leaves if I look closely.

To answer your question about the cute landscaper - no, I don't think anything will come of our meeting. I'm glad I met him because it was so refreshing to meet someone with the attitude toward life he has but there are many reasons it wouldn't work. Plus, I don't even know if he liked me back.

SandyCarlson said...

Utterly gorgeous, my friend. I am amazed.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful flower. It is very interesting to see the way it bloomed.

Absolutely Ladylike said...

Oh dearest Zuzana this is really looks like a flower from a fairytale...

It's so good to catching up with your blog. I am very much into photography these days and abandoned my "blog life" lately...I was thinking of you and missed your posts a lot...

Happy weekend my dear friend, much love: Evi

Keith said...

That is so beautiful. I love it. Thanks for sharing that. Plants and flowers can really brighten up our lives. Enjoy the weekend.

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

It looks like the Hoya plant. I have a plant which is light pink but the leaves aren't ruffled. I like it too. How nice to remember friends through gifts like this.

Marianne said...

What an amazing plant and how lovely that is has decided to flower at last.

Rosezilla said...

Oh, how lovely! It looks just like candy. I remember talking about this plant before and being enchanted with it.

Sukanya said...

Lovely flowers Zuzana. Worth the wait Indeed :)

Have a lovely weekend dear Zuzana.

Cheers,
Sukanya

Sukanya said...
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Sukanya said...

Lovely flowers Zuzana. Worth the wait Indeed :)

Have a lovely weekend dear Zuzana.

Cheers,
Sukanya

Sukanya said...

Lovely flowers Zuzana. Worth the wait Indeed :)

Have a lovely weekend dear Zuzana.

Cheers,
Sukanya

Sukanya said...

Lovely flowers Zuzana. Worth the wait Indeed :)

Have a lovely weekend dear Zuzana.

Cheers,
Sukanya

Sukanya said...

Lovely flowers Zuzana. Worth the wait Indeed :)

Have a lovely weekend dear Zuzana.

Cheers,
Sukanya

Sukanya said...

Lovely flowers Zuzana. Worth the wait Indeed :)

Have a lovely weekend dear Zuzana.

Cheers,
Sukanya

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Zuzana, Those flowers are spectacular...they look like icing on a wedding cake!! And how beautifully you captured them with your camera... I have never seen a plant like this!! I always learn such wonderful things visiting your blog!!! Love it!!! ~Janine XO

Velvet Over Steel said...

Wow.. they are so pretty that they do look like they are made of silk! Beautiful flowers!

Have a Great weekend!!
HUGS,
Coreen

jean luc said...

so delicate post , Zuzana. Beautiful cinderella , it will illuminate my week end. Thanks and enjoy the last week end of summer ;-)
Bisous

Nessa said...

What an amazing plant. It sure doesn't look real.

Zuzana said...

Maria, Brian, Snowbrush, Hilary, Betsy, Kat, Tsuki, Jacki, Susan, Stevie, Teri, Keera, Frank (welcome), Zuzu, Holly, Kath, Claudia, ladyfi, maja, Laura, sprinkles, Sandy, Rajesh, Evi, Keith, Keats, Marianne, Rosezilla, Sukanya, Janine, Coreen, jean-luc and Nessa – I am so happy you enjoyed the story of my “Cinderella-plant” story.;)
And thank you so much everyone who elucidated the name of this beautiful plant, I am so excited to finally learn its proper name.;)

As always, I love when you stop by and let me know; so thank you everyone for your kind words.;)
Xoxo
Zuzana